One of the best things about technological advances is when they get applied to the best parts of life, like having fun. Ever since radio technology was used to make the first remote controlled cars, we’ve been using tech advances to make toys more fun for kids of all ages. The latest new toys on the market are no exception – check out the toys on this list and get ready to have a great time.
R.E.V. Battle Cars
The remote controlled car has come a long way. These cars, sold in pairs, are built to battle one another. They’re also controlled via a smartphone app with lots of cool features. Players can race against one another, dodge obstacles, and smash into each other. And if you’re playing solo the cars can be set on an autopilot mode that you can race and play against.
App controlled BB-8
For fans of all ages, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a huge hit, and BB-8, the orange and white ball droid, was one of its standout characters. Kids and adults can have a BB-8 of their own with this little robot who rolls around controlled via your smartphone. It can also be used to record holographic images to re-enact your favorite scenes from the movie.
The forthcoming Play-Doh kit will let players sculpt fun figures that can be added to a digital world in the companion app. Kids can make creations of any shape and snap a picture of them against white background. The creatures and toys they make are then added into an app, where they come to life as animated characters for games. More fun for younger players, this is still a fun app for making Play-Doh come alive.
For older kids that still want to play with Play-Doh but like to be challenged, Squishy Circuits fits the bill. Used in conjunction with electronics components, the dough comes in conductive and insulating types, so you can build simple circuits. These can be arranged with included lights and buzzers to learn about the basics of electronics. The parts can be built in a variety of unique ways for tons of fun.
Fisher Price Smart Cycle
For the tots and toddlers at home, this new indoor cycle is the coolest new toy to have. The stationary tricycle connects to the TV or a tablet so that little kids can game with their own energy. With several games to choose from, the Smart Cycle lets toddlers race and adventure through different environments. It also includes educational elements in the games, giving kids a chance to practice with basic colors, shapes, numbers and letters while staying active.
The last few years have seen a few toys come on the market that are made to teach kids the basics of coding and robotics. The Robo Wunderkind is one of the better options because it combines coding with robotics and a fun app. The components are all BlueTooth enabled so that players can build different robots with different functions and rearrange them in lots of cool ways. Kids young and old can use this toy to build a variety of fun and programmable toys.
Players can now shop among a selection of different VR headsets and controllers that connect with smartphones. With the right apps downloaded players and don the headset and immerse themselves into interactive gaming environments. Using controllers with motion sensors lets players swing swords and shoot lasers with lifelike motions. These virtual reality games are become popular among serious and casual gamers alike.